Sculpture depicting Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus

About

Since our founding in 1933 during the Great Depression that shook the globe, Catholic Charities of Oregon has been a trusted ally of the most poor and marginalized, and a leader in finding innovative solutions to poverty and injustice. We are proud to serve all God’s Children as the Official Domestic Relief Agency of the Catholic Church in Oregon.

Our mission is to assure that essential, life-saving services and supports are accessible to the most vulnerable Oregonians. The services we provide across the state of Oregon include affordable and supportive housing, financial empowerment, mental health & counseling, pregnancy and parenting support, legal services, intensive case management and more.

We are a member of Catholic Charities USA and of Caritas International, the global network of agencies that make up the charitable arm of the world-wide Catholic Church.

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Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

Inspired by the transformative power of God’s love, Catholic Charities of Oregon — the social service arm of the Catholic Church in western Oregon — partners with the most vulnerable, regardless of faith, to achieve lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

Vision for Society

Catholic Charities of Oregon envisions a society in which all people thrive economically, socially, and spiritually; cultivate diverse, respectful, and just communities; and recognize the inherent dignity and sanctity of human life.

Vision for the Organization

Catholic Charities of Oregon achieves lasting solutions to poverty and injustice by partnering with clients to meet their economic and educational goals and to support their physical and social well-being.

*Adopted by the Board of Catholic Charities of Oregon March 14, 2013.

Who We Work With

We welcome and serve everyone, regardless of race, religion, or orientation.
For our Partners

We focus on solidarity, love, dignity, family, caring for the world around us, and ensuring that basic life needs are not only met but exceeded and maintained.

For our Volunteers

We focus on making sure that every bit of good is squeezed out of every minute of time given and every dollar spent. We’re effective, caring, and nonjudgmental, and we welcome everyone.

For our Future Team

At Catholic Charities of Oregon, we care for our employees so they can take care of others. Together, we work to make a concrete, hands-on difference in our community.

Articles

Thanksgiving Reflection: Honoring the Land, Ourselves, and the Native Tribes of Oregon

Posted By | Catholic Charities of Oregon
As Thanksgiving approaches, Lucrecia Súarez (Clinical Training & Development Manager), Jennifer Lucena (Homeless Services Manager), and Marielle McKenna (Case Manager) invite us to take a moment to reflect on the holiday. To do so we’d like to first acknowledge the native people of this beautiful land where we live and work.

Catholic Charities of Oregon Says Thank You

Posted By | Catholic Charities of Oregon
Every day, Catholic Charities supporters show their dedication to those in greatest need and our mission to solve some of Oregon’s toughest humanitarian challenges. Watch our Because of You video to see exactly how your hearts and hands make a meaningful difference to thousands of people across our state.

HH Week: Homelessness Mythbusters

Posted By | Victoria Waldrep, Lead Housing Case Manager III; Employment Specialist III
There are many misconceptions about hunger, homeless, and the people who suffer from them. We’re debunking some of those myths during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Honoring Veterans Day

Posted By | Catholic Charities of Oregon
This Veterans Day we are proud to partner with Carleton Hart Architecture to share the story of a veteran who is a resident of Caritas Housing, our dedicated housing entity for those in need of homes. We thank Dennis and all veterans for their service.